Denver Comic Con
June 30 - July 2, 2017
This is a surprisingly realistic portrayal of a Jewish father/son dynamic without resorting to cliche. Also, I am pleased to see that we will not be resorting to the father vs son trope. Back in WWII, a Jewish hero would never have popped up in the pages of American comics (despite Superman being created by two young Jewish men) nor can I even think of any storylines involving Jews at all before the 60s. Today, many comicbook heroes have been retconned to be Jewish, or gay, or whatever was PC. Ben Grimm, the Thing, is now Jewish, though his co-creator, Jack Kirby, may have always intended that.
I like the way this is moving forward and the more realistic father/son dynamic it portrays. As always, good work.
And no, I am not Jewish, or Christian, or what-have-you. I am a devout agnostic who respects other belief systems.
Thanks, Wolf. I’m not Jewish (or religious) either, so I’ve been very careful about the way I portray the Finkelsteins. It would be so easy to pepper their dialogue with Yiddish words (which I love), but that way lies caricature and cliche. Generally, I try to err on the side of understatement.
Good thinking. However, if to Jewish men want to have a relatively private conversation while surrounded by Goys, Yiddish is the way to go. And would be fun to read, I think. You have been doing a great job in portraying characters in a more real light, even when it is easy to just go with the flow of past perception. I respect the hell out of that!
Yes Jews in the USA got poor treatment in many places. Like in so many places where Christianity held sway the ancient anger directed against Jews existed here as well as in Europe. Jews were even refused to dock in 1938 to escape the growing Nazi menace and had to be returned to their deaths. A sad day in the USA.
I find the portrayal realistic as far as I am aware. Being an Atheist raised in a nominally Catholic family my knowledge of Jewish life is from reading accounts and the many depictions on cartoons and live action shows. Always suspect.
I am anxious for the next page.
I’ve been waiting all week for this installment. I can’t believe that I forgot about it yesterday. …but then again, today is the day that felt like a Monday anyways.
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